While cycling at the Centennial Park another Sunday, that morning hungry feeling decided to say hi to my husband and me. It wasn’t the polite type that calmly talks to you, but that one that shouts loud at the back of your stomach!
So, I remembered a place I’d heard about recently: Henley’s WholefoodsCafé in Bondi Junction, and I thought: “Why not give these guys a try today?”
The place was empty when we got there (before 8am), what made very easy for us to get a table and have our food quickly served :). To start, we ordered:
Two flat whites with coconut milk;
An extremely moist coconut and chocolate gluten free muffin (no refined sugar too).
After this morning entrée, we ordered more things to share:
A slice of pumpkin & hazelnut meal loaf (gluten and refined sugar free).
Farmers Feast: two lamb sausages, two poached eggs, two rosemary sweet potato rostis, wilted spinach with one whole roasted truss tomato.
The pumpkin & hazelnut meal loaf was very good, moist and delicious. About the Farmers Feast dish, everything was ultra yummy, very well seasoned and tasty. However, the sweet potato rostis could be improved. It didn’t match my expectations; the consistency was more like a sweet potato cake than a rosti, without any crunchy feeling. The taste wasn’t bad, just wasn’t a rosti, what made me miss that crunchy feeling I was looking for when I pictured this plate in my mind before ordering it.
Anyways, it worth a try. There are plenty paleo-ish options in their menu. Also, they have a great variety of gluten free and refined sugar free treats at the counter. Almond and soy milk are available as well, but I would recommend you going with the coconut milk for your coffee, much more yummy! 😛
Henley’s Wholefoods – 9/310-330 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction – Sydney
Check their website for other locations: www.henleyswholefoods.com.au
Missing bread for breakfast but not in the mood to bake a whole loaf? This Simple Flat Bread is perfect for you!
It’s an individual serving, very low carb and awesome for sandwiches or simply to have with some butter in the morning. I normally make it as a quick breakfast option, but you can also use it to create beautiful sandwiches to have along the day.
2 small eggs
2 tablespoons of almond flour (or 1 tablespoon of coconut flour)
1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of pure cream (or unsweetened yogurt)
½ teaspoon of baking soda
Salt to taste
Whisk all ingredients together and set it aside.
Put a fry pan to warm up at low heat. If you don’t have a non-stick fry pan, I suggest you to grease it a little with coconut oil.
Pour the mixture and let it cook until the bottom part gets brown. Flip to the other side and repeat the process. It’s the same idea of making pancakes!
It’s ready! This recipe gives you one flat bread. You can have it with anything you like. Cut it in half in order to make a beautiful sandwich.
I don’t follow any specific diet, my only rule is toeat only what makes me feel good and healthier – real food. That’s why I avoid some types of food, but this is definitely doesn’t serve as an excuse to not eat out. I love a good restaurant and the opportunity to try new dishes.
What I do while eating out is simple: pick an option that is as much real food as possible.
This time, the chosen one for a restaurant review was: Sabbaba. I personally LOVE the middle eastern cuisine, and at Sabbaba is very easy to get a nice plate with a little bit of everything I like. :).
The restaurant menu is very straightforward. There you can choose between:
Pita bread sandwich (there is a wholemeal version available as well) served with a variety of salads and dips or;
A bowl or a (big) plate with the same variety of options served in the pita bread;
Finally, for any of the options above, you can pick your favourite protein (including a vegetarian option with halloumi cheese).
This day, I decided to have the big plate, while my husband got a wholemeal Pita Sandwich.
On my plate I had:
Greens (the regular version comes with Tabouli, so I asked to replace it).
Hummus (some chickpeas to garnish);
Tahini dressing and Salsa.
They are very understanding when you ask to replace items. Also, this plate originally comes with some pita bread as a side, which my husband was extremely happy to have. If you don’t want it, simply say the word and they’ll not include it.
The other option (ordered by my husband) was the Pita Bread Sandwich in a wholemeal version. You can choose between many of the filling options available or pick one of their suggestions. He had:
Tahini dressing and Salsa.
No dessert for us that day. There are traditional middle eastern options available. However, none of them are gluten or sugar free. They have vegan options though.
Ah, and if you don’t have any grains restriction (and are OK with some deep fried food), they are very famous for the Falafels. 🙂
Sabbaba – 82 Hall St, Bondi Beach – Sydney
Check their website for other locations: www.sabbaba.com.au